Workplace injury management strategies
What is injury management?
‘Injury management’ aims to minimise the level of impairment that an injury causes a person. It is a process which promotes sustainable employment for workers who have experienced an injury.
The two main goals of injury management include:
- Facilitating ongoing employment opportunities for a worker to reduce time away from the workplace; and
- Controlling workers’ compensation and injury costs for an employer.
Effective injury management programs can assist workers to overcome challenges that prevent them from being able to return to their workplace and perform their normal job.
Implementing an injury management program within a workplace helps create a strong return to work culture. These programs demonstrate to workers that the organisation is committed to assisting them if they do ever experience an injury. It shows that they are a valued member of the team and providing opportunities to remain employed is a key priority.
Developing an injury management program
Injury management programs can vary depending on the size of the employer, the amount of employees and the rate of injuries within a particular workplace.
Regardless of the size of an employer, the injury management principles remain exactly the same.
A good way to ensure that workers are supported in a consistent and supportive way is to document the procedures in place for a workplace.
Documented injury management procedures allow all staff to understand the process should they experience an injury. They also provide clear guidance to any of the worker’s colleagues who are responsible for managing their safe and successful return to work.
Best practice is the highest standard that stakeholders should aim to achieve in order to increase the likelihood of a positive outcome for a worker.
The following strategies have been identified as best practice and should be incorporated into a documented injury management program:
What to include
Contact with the worker
Contacts and communication
Related prevention and health promotion programs
Conflicts or disputes
- Last updated
- 14 June 2019